In President Donald Trump’s opening remarks for the State of the Union, he took a moment to recognize House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.).
In the summer of 2017, Scalise was shot by James T. Hodgkinson at a Congressional Baseball Game practice. His recovery wasn’t easy, and at one point, Scalise was in the ICU.
It took six weeks for the congressman to be discharged from the hospital, and Scalise returned to Congress in September. Trump wanted everyone to know how much he appreciates Scalise, and his message goes beyond politics.
“Some trials over the past year touched this chamber very personally. With us tonight is one of the toughest people ever to serve in this House. A guy who took a bullet [and] almost died, and was back to work three-and-a-half months later. The legend from Louisiana, Congressman Steve Scalise.”
The president’s word transcended partisan politics and put a big smile on Scalise’s face.
In response, members of the chamber got right to their feet in resounding applause.
Trump continued, recognizing the Capitol Police, too.
“I think they like you, Steve,” Trump said. “We are incredibly grateful for the heroic efforts of the Capitol Police officers, the Alexandria police, and the doctors, nurses, and paramedics who saved his life and the lives of many others, some in this room.”
The president turned his attention to how that catastrophe brought people together:
“In the aftermath of that terrible shooting, we came together, not as Republicans or Democrats, but as representatives of the people. But it is not enough to come together only in times of tragedy. Tonight, I call upon all of us to set aside our differences, to seek out common ground, and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people. This is really the key.”
You can watch the powerful moment in the video below.